Letter to the Editor
A day in history
Monday, January 20, 2020
Tuesday, Jan. 21, is the likely date for the Removal From Office trial for President Donald John Trump to begin in the U.S. Senate. Each senator is required to take a formal oath, first established in 1798 and later modified in 1868 that now reads “I _ solemnly swear (or affirm as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of President Donald John Trump, now pending, I will do impartial justice, according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.” The senators must also sign an impeachment oath in a special book that is sent to the National Archives.
It should be a shock to all Americans, regardless of party, that Senator Graham publicly stated “I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here” and McConnell statement “We will be working through this process in total coordination with the White House.” They are both aware that there is no penalty prescribed by the Constitution for violating the required Senate oath. Further, a directive was issued from President Trump to McConnell to simply dismiss the trial. Fortunately, a number of Republican Senators showed disagreement which McConnell could not ignore.
The two articles of impeachment state: (1) Trump tried to pressure a foreign country to interfere in our election process, (2) Trump is charged with contempt of Congress. The proof of both articles is indisputable, but how many Republican senators will violate their oath, knowing there is no penalty prescribed by law? It’s hard to believe this is happening in the U.S.A.
— Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake